After the first nine games of the 2009-10 season, Flyers’ winger Scott Hartnell had become a target for finger pointers, who believed a better, more workman’s effort was needed from him if the team was going to be anything more than .500%. At the time, the Flyers stood 5-3-1 and Hartnell had just one goal and three assists to go along with his putrid minus-5.
But the sudden awakening of the curly-haired pest has sparked a fire under the Flyers’ offense, who despite missing two of their top scorers to injury, are now pumping on all cylinders, ranked second in the NHL at 3.57 goals per.
After facing league inquisition for allegedly biting Pittsburgh’s Kris Letang in the waning moments of the Flyers’ 5-4 loss on Thursday night, forward Scott Hartnell has been found not guilty of any biting.
The league has reviewed the incident and Hartnell will not be suspended nor fined.
“We participated in a disciplinary hearing this A.M.,” said Hartnell’s agent Allan Walsh on his twitter. “The verdict: no suspension, no fine.”
According to John Boruk of Csnphilly.com, a league source explained that Letang made the mistake of going back to the locker room after the incident. It may have been a different story had Letang stayed on the ice.
During the final seconds of the Flyers’ 5-4 loss to the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins Thursday night, Flyers’ forward Scott Hartnell attacked Pittsburgh defenseman Kris Letang, whom he thought shoved Mike Richards head first into the net. The two grappling players tumbled to the ice in a heap of humanity. Moments later after separation, Letang skated feverishly to his bench grasping his hand.
Letang returned to the bench with a trainer just seconds later to allow the referees to look closely at his towel-wrapped finger. The problem? Letang claims Hartnell bit him.
Not many people know the name Mika Pyorala. But they may want to learn.
On day one of Flyers’ training camp at the Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J., Philadelphia coach John Stevens paired 28-year old Pyorala on a line with Scott Hartnell and Jeff Carter. With a healthy number of hopeful forwards looking to make an impression, no one expect the move to stick. But it did.
“They are very offensive guys that get a lot of points,” said Pyorala (PURE-ella), who will likely be matched up with the same line in the team’s first preseason game Wednesday in Detroit. “I know if I am going to play with them I have to try to balance the lines because I’m a defensive player.”
According to hockeybuzz.com blogger Matthew Barry, despite acquiring big-name forward Ryan Smyth to help bolster the offense, the Kings are still looking to add a “gritty winger” to the mix. And from what a source tells Barry, LA has its eye focused hard on Flyers’ forward Scott Hartnell.
Is there anyone better at heating up a rivalry than Rangers forward Sean Avery? Avery was booked on the Jimmy Fallon show Monday night, promoting his charity Career Gear, which recycles suits to give to people in need. During the interview, Avery mentioned he attended the Bonnaroo music festival in Tennessee, and that his camp, during the multi-day hippee party, was located directly next where Joffrey Lupul and some other Flyers were staying.
Avery recalled back to the final game of the regular season between the Flyers and Rangers, where Lupul crosschecked Avery from behind after the whistle. Avery turned around and went after the first player in orange and black, which happened to be Scott Hartnell. Hartnell tried to fight Avery, but slipped backwards.
Avery said that he and Lupul “Hugged it out,” but that Hartnell is “A bit of a clown.”
If the youtube.com link breaks, I will try to track down the interview on Hulu as soon as it’s posted.
Coach John Stevens told the media this morning that he expects forwards Scott Hartnell and Claude Giroux to play tonight against the Florida Panthers, at the Wachovia Center at 7 p.m. Hartnell was sent home from practice yesterday with a serious case of pink eye and Giroux underwent tests to find a possible stomach ulcer. The tests were negative, but it did reveal he has some acid reflux issues and he will be fine.
“He looked pretty bad,” Joffrey Lupul said of Hartnell’s eyeball. “Worse than normal.”
Giroux told the media that the stomach pain he has felt for days now does not affect his on-ice play, as he doesn’t even notice it when he’s playing.
“I went to the doctor just to check it out. I’ll be fine,” he said. “It didn’t really matter when I was playing. When I’m on the ice, I don’t think about it.”